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RATINGS: 781   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combined with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry. This is definitely a sipping beer, best served in a brandy snifter. This ale pairs well with dark chocolate and sturdy cheeses.

Note: Sucaba is the beer formerly known as Abacus until the Winter 2012 release.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (801) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours cloudy mahogany. Aroma of wood, tobacco, brown sugar, wine, vanilla, dried cherry, booze. Flavor of molasses, vanilla, wood, cherry, hints of tobacco and brown sugar. A very nice sipping barley wine with great vanilla and brown sugar sweetness standing out.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (637) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly clear medium brown reddish mahogany color with a thin tan head. Aroma is lots of vanilla and bourbon with molasses and brown sugar. Flavor is big caramel malts with a creamy bourbon and vanilla character. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, long lingering molasses, brown sugar, vanilla. Absolutely wonderful!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1518) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle (2012) from SL... Pours a brown color with a small head. Nose of slight raisons, dark fruit. Taste is classic big barley wine.... tons of malt...dark fruit. slight oak presence. Smooth for a beer that is over 12%... definitely a sipper... glad I shared it with a couple friends. Overall, good barleywine

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (4946) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2015
From bottle at Monk’s Kettle, SF. Deep burgundy brown colour. Raisins, rum and chocolate aroma. Marcipane orange. Marcipane chocolate, fruity flavours, tart and sweet. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zwiebel88 (259) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
Karamell, dunkle Früchte, Bourbon, Vanille, Eiche, dunkler Zucker. Leicht fruchtige Noten, Holz, cremig, superstark.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChicagoGuy (6) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
Beautiful topaz color, toffee & maple aroma with bourbon present but not overpowering. Light-to-medium body. Fantastic caramel bread pudding flavor. Quite a bit of bourbon heat now, but I like that - makes this feel like a real after-dinner cordial. I'm sure it'll be nice when it mellows over time too.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AndrewGunnison (8) - - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
on draft at library ale house, no head, opaque dark Amber brown, like the color of wood, chestnut or mahogany, fig and baked prune, dark brown sugar and rich nutty oaky vanilla aromas, not boozy tho, flavor follows aroma, incredibly drinkable with a flavor that balloons outward and amplifies over time, not syrupy with good balancing carbonation

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevencon (476) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Big thanks to Nelson longtime want for me. Hazy amber brown with a small amounts of floaters. Bloozey red fruit a bit sweet and some wood character. Wow great warming wood amber barley wine not much hops. Great carbonation for a barrel aged beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (282) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle (220z $16) : Clear dark brown, little head. Aroma sweet. Taste, carmel, sticky, sweet, slight bitterness. Warming.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrew_drinks (170) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 14, 2015
2014 vintage from a bottle gathering dust in a German outlet... crazy! Pours deep, dark chestnut brown, crystal clear, with a thin head that dissipates quickly to a small ring. Aroma climbs out of the snifter, layers of thick bourbon, oak, vanilla, toasted marshmallows. Low carbonation, just enough to feel it on the tongue. Thick and creamy vanilla, then caramel, oak, bourbon, some heat, then a smooth, slightly woody finish. I could smell it for hours, but find it easy to drink it in minutes.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
simont1 (321) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2015 Very bourbon forward, oak, vanilla, earthy, plum/apricot marmalade, nutty caramel. Taste is extremely balanced and easy going, filled to the brim with bourbon, caramel, and oak.


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